Practically obliterated during the American War, Vinh was rebuilt with East German aid, hence the blockish architecture that dominates the downtown drag. Unlike other Vietnamese towns, it has wide boulevards with equally wide pavements that are surprisingly devoid of street stalls – easy to walk down but there’s not much to see. This is an industrial city through and through. Stop here if you are a Ho Chi Minh devotee (he was born in a nearby village).
Recommended things to do & see
Our top picks for Vinh
Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Museum: This little-visited museum memorialises local heroes of the nationalist movement against the French in 1930–1
Saigon Kimlien Hotel: One of the few spots in town for a restaurant meal
Central Market: Grab some noodle soup at one of the pho bo food stalls
Cua Lo Beach: A short drive from Vinh; good for a dip and a seafood lunch
Kim Lien: Ho Chi Minh's birthplace, 14km northwest of Vinh
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